Ferdinand Zollinger

29 Oct 1829 - 16 Dec 1912


Ferdinand Zollinger

29 Oct 1829 - 16 Dec 1912
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Ferdinand Johann Zollinger Ferdinand Johann Zollinger was born 18 October 1829 at Flunten, Switzerland, the eldest of eight children of John Zollinger and Elizabeth Usteri. His parents were living in Zurich when they became acquainted with the gospel. Ferdinand was very bitter toward the Mormons and
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Ferdinand Zollinger


Providence City Cemetery

900 River Heights Blvd
River Heights, Cache, Utah
United States


Pioneer of 1862


June 13, 2012


June 7, 2012

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Ferdinand Johann Zollinger

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Ferdinand Johann Zollinger Ferdinand Johann Zollinger was born 18 October 1829 at Flunten, Switzerland, the eldest of eight children of John Zollinger and Elizabeth Usteri. His parents were living in Zurich when they became acquainted with the gospel. Ferdinand was very bitter toward the Mormons and one day in the late fall of 1861 he and his brother Jacob were picking apples in their father’s orchard, when they saw their parents wending their way toward the Limmit River to be baptized. He began to curse and swear and make threats against the Elders who had enticed his parents to join the church. They had a custom there among the farmers of helping each other with their threshing. So, that evening a neighbor sent word to Ferdinand for him to come and help him with the threshing. The grain was stacked in his barn and when he got through and was coming down from the barn, he slipped and fell, injuring his leg. He was laid up for several weeks. This gave him plenty of opportunity to think and to read the scriptures. He became convinced of the truthfulness of the message brought by the Elders, so he and his younger brother, Jacob, and sister Doretha set the date for December 16, 1861 to be baptized. The Elders came and they held a meeting in their house the evening before to which the town officials and other people came and they heard the message of Mormonism. The next day they walked a mile to the place set for baptism. Ferdinand had to go on his crutches, to the joy of the family. He was 32 years old at this time. The next morning he loaded some sacks of potatoes to take to the city. The sacks weighed about two hundred pounds. He did this alone to the astonishment of his neighbors. His parents have looked upon this incident as the hand of the Lord in bringing to him the truthfulness of Mormonism. After joining the Church, he too, desired to immigrate to Zion. So, he accompanied his father’s family when they left Zurich for America on 1 May 1862. In their company also was a young woman by the name of Louise Meier, a convert, who was happy for the opportunity to travel with them to Zion. Ferdinand and Louise fell in love and were married at LaHavre, France on 12 May 1862. On the 15th of May they sailed from France on a freighter manned by rough Irish sailors. There were more than one hundred saints who took passage on that sailing vessel. The voyage was rough and they endured many hardships. They arrived in New York July 8th and Florence, Nebraska on July 20th 1862. They remained in Florence three weeks busily preparing for their trip west. On the 9th of August they started and were the last company to go west that year. They traveled in the William H. Dame Company. The farther traveled the greater their hardships. As they were traveling along the Platte River they passed through a grove of cottonwood trees. Ferdinand and another man were out scouting when they saw something in a tree top wrapped in a buffalo robe and tied together with ropes. Ferdinand climbed the tree to see what was inside and when he undid the ropes he discovered a dead Indian. He quickly descended the tree. The stench made him ill and together with mountain fever he had to remain in his bed and he never walked a step further until he got to Salt Lake Valley. When they arrived in the mountains it had begun to snow and was very cold. On October 30th they arrived at the mouth of Emigration Canyon. Ferdinand and his wife accompanied his father’s family to Providence, Utah, taking a whole week to make the trip from Salt Lake City. In Providence he helped to build the community and helped protect the settlers from the Indians. He became a successful farmer and while he did not accumulate a vast fortune, he was an honorable, hardworking, straightforward citizen, respected by all. He was called to aid the soldiers from Fort Douglas to ward off attacks from the Indians in what was called the Black Hawk War. He occupied various positions in the Church and was a High Priest at the time of his death on December 16, 1912 at the age of 83 years, one month and seventeen days. Burial was in the Providence, Utah cemetery. Compiled by Jennie Smart Nuffer, December 1953. Information source – History of Zollinger family by Will Zollinger; Articles published in “The Journal” Logan, Utah, May 11 and December 17 1912. Re typed by Pat Stead, April 2003

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Ferdinand Zollinger was born on 29 Oct 1829
Ferdinand Zollinger was 2 years old when Charles Darwin embarks on his journey aboard HMS Beagle, during which he will begin to formulate his theory of evolution. Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors and, in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
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Ferdinand Zollinger was 11 years old when Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs. He was a co-developer of the Morse code and helped to develop the commercial use of telegraphy.
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Ferdinand Zollinger was 40 years old when Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, breaking away from the American Equal Rights Association which they had also previously founded. Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer and women's rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women's suffrage movement. Born into a Quaker family committed to social equality, she collected anti-slavery petitions at the age of 17. In 1856, she became the New York state agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society.
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Ferdinand Zollinger was 48 years old when Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
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Ferdinand Zollinger was 54 years old when Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people. Krakatoa, or Krakatau, is a volcanic island situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung. The name is also used for the surrounding island group comprising the remnants of a much larger island of three volcanic peaks which was obliterated in a cataclysmic 1883 eruption.
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Ferdinand Zollinger was 63 years old when Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
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Ferdinand Zollinger was 76 years old when Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
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Ferdinand Zollinger died on 16 Dec 1912 at the age of 83
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